Log Horizon 2: Episode 16 – “The Midday Vampire”

Log Horizon 2 is the second season of the Log Horizon television anime series. Log Horizon tells the tale of what happens when players of the MMORPG game, Elder Tale, mysteriously find themselves actually inside the game after the 12th expansion, “Novasphere Pioneers,” is added. The main character of the series is Shiroe, and he is joined by his two companions Naotsugu and Akatsuki. As the first season progressed, Shiroe helped to establish alliances between guilds by forming the Round Table, helped to introduce commerce and new ideas to the game’s world, and he even formed his own guild called Log Horizon which included many of Shiroe’s friends as its members.

Of course, not everything went smoothly. The Round Table found itself entangled in issues involving the People of the Land and the nobles, as well as taking on goblin forces that attacked and caused chaos.

Episode 16 primarily focuses on Minori, Tohya, Serara, Isuzu, and Rudy as they go on their quest. It’s a little rocky at first, when they forget that there’s a six hour time limit for the Twin Horse Flute of Lyman, and when they have some issues come up as they’re camping out.  But things start getting better when they reach the town of Sazan, and Isuzu successfully finds a venue to perform at. The patrons love her performance and keep asking for encores.

My favorite part of when the party was in Sazan takes place after the performance, when Tohya and Rudy have a conversation about the girls. Rudy realizes that Isuzu treats Tohya differently than him and asks Tohya why that is. I couldn’t help laughing when Tohya was imagining Rudy looking like a dog and Isuzu treating him like one. Of course, Tohya can’t actually say this to Rudy, so all he can do is laugh. As I watched this scene, I couldn’t help myself from laughing along with Tohya.

Near the end of the episode, the party tries to help two men being chased by ogres. While they defeat the ogres easily enough, they suddenly find themselves surrounded by Nightshade Serpents. Just as it looks like the spirits will defeat the party, they are saved by a female traveling vampire who looks a lot like Shiroe! In fact, she even has the same mannerism with her glasses that Shiroe does. She introduces herself to the group as Roe 2, which leads me to believe that she’s probably some kind of alternate account that Shiroe had set up for the game that somehow became sentient on her own.

Crusty’s disappearance also gets touched on a couple of times over the course of Episode 16 after it had been all but ignored recently. Through Rieze, we learn that D.D.D. appears to be stable for now with his absence. However, in a conversation Shiroe has with Isaac, it’s revealed that a lot of people are leaving D.D.D. Isaac also doesn’t seem too terribly worried about Crusty, even though no one has been able to reach him either telepathically or through their Friend List. I’m hoping that Shiroe is more concerned about Crusty’s disappearance and lack of communication than he appears to be at this point. I’ve been wondering what happened to Crusty since he disappeared, and had been disappointed that this plot point seemed to be getting glossed over and ignored. I really hope we get to see more progression on this particular plot point sooner rather than later.

There’s also a scene near the end focusing on the guild known as Honesty, and how their membership has grown to record levels. Unfortunately, many of the new members are leeching off of the guild and aren’t doing much of anything; this is angering many of the longtime guild members. The leader of the guild feels he can’t do anything about it, because the fact that they’re the third-largest guild in Akihabara allows them to have influence with the Round Table; this gives the guild an ability to influence Akihabara politics. A couple of the guild members, though, make it clear that they could very well take matters into their own hands. With this, I expect a foundation is being laid for the next major story that will take place in Akihabara.

At this point, there are several loose threads hanging out there. Just off of the top of my head, there’s Crusty’s disappearance, the party quest with some of the younger characters, Kanami’s travels to Akihabara, and whatever Plant Hwyaden is plotting. It seems like there are more and more new threads being added to the story, yet there’s only nine episodes remaining for this season of Log Horizon. The party quest shouldn’t be too hard to wrap up in that amount of time, but some of the other plotlines that are running aren’t as likely to finish. I know that this is due to the fact that the light novel series that serves as the source material is still ongoing, but hopefully a way can be found to bring this season to a satisfying close in case there isn’t a third season in the works. I’d hate to have any major loose threads still hanging when this season concludes.

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